Carolina Parent's 2010 Mom Makeover Winner
Selecting the Triangle mother to win the 2010 Carolina Parent Mom Makeover was a difficult task. We received so many deserving entries, but in the end we had to choose just one, and Cara McComish was the lucky recipient of a day of pampering, products and services hosted by Michele Little, image consultant with One Chic Mama.
The mother of a 3-year-old, Cara juggles two part-time jobs after recently finishing a doctorate program that had kept her busy with schoolwork in addition to housework and caring for a young child. She hadn't had the time or resources to invest in her own appearance or care. As she wrote in her makeover contest entry, Cara needed a change from her usual sweatpants, T-shirt and ponytail. As she moved into her new career, she was ready to update her work look as well, beyond simple khakis and a top.
To give this year's makeover winner the best support possible, the first step was a bra fitting at Hudson Belk in Crabtree Valley Mall where Cara received personal attention from a fit specialist to find just the right bra and size to look and feel her best. Michele recommends a bra fitting every few years, especially after having children or gaining or losing weight. She says wearing the right size bra can improve posture, make clothes fit better and even help women look slimmer. Cara was surprised at how much difference a couple of well-fitting bras made. "They make you really look good and feel good about yourself," she says. "Getting fitted for a bra was so wonderful. It made the whole experience."
The makeup pros at Bobbi Brown at Hudson Belk in Crabtree Valley Mall showed Cara how to create a professional and polished look without being overdone, enhancing her natural beauty and highlighting her eyes. Not one to normally wear much makeup, Cara also appreciated the skin care tips. "Using eye cream in the morning and at night was something I needed to hear," she says.
Michele analyzed Cara's colors, finding she is a True Crystalline Summer. Her best colors are light- to-medium tones. A customized palette of her 40 most-flattering colors will help Cara choose clothes that complement her coloring, such as the poppy-colored short-sleeved turtleneck by Michael Stars from C.T. Weekends. The versatile top works just as well with a suit as it does with jeans.
A great-fitting pair of jeans is a staple for all moms, and Cara found just the perfect pair at Uniquities in Cameron Village. After trying on a few styles, she chose a dark wash, medium-rise boot-cut style from James Jeans that can be dressed up or down
Justin Dare, hair stylist at Glam Lounge in Raleigh, cut several inches off Cara's long blonde hair and added layers for a sleek and simple new style with movement. The length is long enough so Cara can still pull it back, or she can style it with Velcro rollers for a more professional look.
"The cut is so versatile, I can really just wash it and go and it looks really good," says Cara, who isn't one to spend much time on her hair on a daily basis.
As Cara begins a new career, her updated look will give her the credibility she deserves with simplicity that fits into a mom's busy life.
Photo by J.D. Whitmire